|Received:||3/14/2004 12:27:32 AM|
|Agency:||Federal Trade Commission|
A VALID and confirmed physical address, phone number should be number 1 priority for registering a domain name and this should be at the top of the must do list. The CAN-SPAM law is working as well as when there was none. The removal time should be no more than 24 hours. Ten days still gives a commercial spammer a LOT of time to send junk. I would like to see reporting spammers rewarded. I spend as much as a half hour digging into the details of spam sites and then reporting them to the appropriate authorities. I do this hoping someone will dump the spammers instead of continuing to host them. If there were rewards (bounties perhaps) put on stopping the spam we might see more people being more effective in reporting it. Somehow there has to be regulations on the registering of domain names. I keep receiving spam from someone supposedly Chinese advertising viagra and other prescription drugs I have no interest in. This same person keeps changing his domain name or registers new ones all the time to keep from getting stopped or caught. This is not right. Too many times an "opt out" is actually nothing more than an "opt in" and all it does is verifies an email address as being a real one, especially with the Chinese viagra dealers or the ugly than sin porn merchants. If an opt out could be truly effective and work the way it should it would be fantastic, but too many times the opt out is only the opt in and that isn't good at all. They are also notorious for passing an email address on to other spammers. Every time one of these comes to me the message has a fake return address and name and this same person is also able to use several email services all over the world. The subject line is never what it actually is either and will many times have a fake subject to it. Here's a subject line designed to baffle email rules "Lowered V1c\odin , v1agr@ ` /V/alium - Xan+a+x Pn:t:ermin ? Som+a+ uxmslixajleh". This was an actual one sent by the site registered by someone supposedly of Chinese descent with the following fake email address: "emerita mcdermott [mailto:email@example.com]". This came from a comcast server in the U.S and not chello.nl in the Netherlands. The one I keep receiving the same viagra emails from used this once: "firstname.lastname@example.org" which looks like it comes from Australia when it actually is from "skynet.be" - Belgium. The same person who has registered the hundreds of domain names for illegal prescrptionuses the email address of email@example.com to register them. This is another the same person sent me "Doug E. Schmidt [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]". This isn't out of Belgium as it looks and came from pacbell.net here in the U.S. There's a different fake name and email address with these messages eveytime. Each one also has some way to thwart mail rules so they can't be deleted before being read. I like the idea some services are trying where they identify the sender's email address they use with the IP address to deternine if its legitimate or not. I can easily change my email address name to something like email@example.com and send it, but if it were to be verified on the other end as coming from no.com and found to be coming from mchsi.com, my real address, instead, it should be rejected as spam since no.com isn't my real email service and is obviously fake to throw off the recipient. The idea behind CAN SPAM is wonderful! It isn't working though and seems to be "daring" the spammers to send even more. Some are complying as they should and these people should be recognized in some way for their compliance. I wish there was a way to setup a do not email registry as well as some way to not only keep the Chinese drug pushers from emailing us but also put them out of business for illegally selling prescription drugs. If there was a way to charge bulk emailers something it might slow a lot of them down too. I'm confident something will work out yet. Pull out all the stops and don't hold back!